Annihilation (film)

Annihilation is a 2018 science fiction psychological horror film written and directed by Alex Garland, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. It stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. The story follows a group of explorers who enter "The Shimmer", a mysterious quarantined zone of mutating plants and animals caused by an alien presence.

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Directed byAlex Garland
Screenplay byAlex Garland
Based onAnnihilation
by Jeff VanderMeer
Produced by
CinematographyRob Hardy
Edited byBarney Pilling
Music by
Distributed by
Release dates
  • February 13, 2018 (2018-02-13) (Regency Village Theater)
  • February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23) (United States)
  • March 12, 2018 (2018-03-12) (United Kingdom)
Running time
115 minutes[2]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Budget$40–55 million[3][4][1][5]
Box office$43.1 million[1]

Annihilation was released theatrically in the United States by Paramount Pictures on February 23, 2018, and in China on April 13, 2018.[6] It grossed $43 million against a production budget between $40–55 million, becoming a box office flop. It was released digitally by Netflix in a number of other countries on March 12, 2018. According to Empire magazine, the film addresses "depression, grief, and the human propensity for self-destruction".[7]

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